Announcement: Bernie Memorial Golf Tournament, Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 9:00 AM, Waterford Valley. The Bernie Memorial Golf Tournament is an annual golf tournament, originally sponsored by Ray Terry (who purchased the trophy) to honor the memory of Bernie Moody, an avid Chiang Rai golfer who was very friendly, welcoming to all, and a big part of golf in Chiang Rai for many years. Ray Terry has since also passed on to the great clubhouse in the sky, and the Bernie Memorial (along with the Tony Memorial) has become an annual event to honor the lives of all those Chiang Rai golfers who are no longer with us. The tournament is being sponsored by Chiang Rai Golfers this year. Several SMAF members are planning to participate, including 5Points, Graham, Bruce G, Andrew, and Paul and Young Park, among others. If you are interested, please email your entry to email@example.com by Friday so a draw can be sent out at the weekend.
Today was beautiful, sunny and warm — perfect for golf. The course is looking very nice. The greenskeeping staff is clearly putting the final touches on the course for the Singha Open professional tournament, which will be held March 22-25, 2018. There are a few sand traps which are being renovated, and there is some sand on greens and tee boxes, but in general, the course is starting to come into its pristine pre-tournament state. The rough is getting longer, and conditions will get better and better over the next month.
Today we had eleven players and 10 participants (all members) in our regular skins game. All played from the blue tees, except for Young, who played from the red tees.
Scores were generally better, perhaps because of the awesome course conditions and dry fairways, which had a lot of run. Everyone was in the 30’s (except for Graham, who scored 40 points to win the Stableford top prize. 5Points, Bruce G, and Paul each scored 39 points to share the runner-up prize. No one won the closest-to-the-pin prize on Hole 3, but Brian got two skins for his closest on Hole 7, Bruce G won Hole 12 (Les was only half a foot farther out on the opposite side of the hole), and Graham took the honors on Hole 17 (about 3 feet from the pin; Andrew was about 3.5 feet out; both birdied).
Save the date (March 26, 2018)! A tentative plan is in the works for a Chiang Rai community golf tournament, sponsored by SMAF. March 26th is the Monday after the Sunday final round of the Singha Open professional golf tournament. The course will be in pro-tournament form, with long rough and Sunday pin placements. We will play like the pros and have a chance to win a trophy, just like they do! We currently have five tee times (accommodating up to 20 players) and could probably get more if the demand is there. We are putting together the details and will have an announcement soon!
Here are today’s results:
- Winner: Graham (40 Points)
- Runner(s)-Up: 5Points, Bruce G, and Paul (39 Points each)
- Hole 3: No One
- Hole 7: Brian (x2)
- Hole 12: Bruce G (Les was a close second)
- Hole 17: Graham (Andrew was a close second)
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Santiburi Members and Friends:
- Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)
- Monday, February 26, 2018, 8:40 AM (please be at the course by 8:25 AM)
- In general, SMAF plays every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 AM. Please be at the course by 8:15 AM!
Chiang Rai Golfers:
- Tuesday, February 27, BERNIE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT, Waterford, 9am — Please be at the course by 8.30am. To enter email firstname.lastname@example.org. A draw will be posted at the weekend.